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Manage summer vacation requests without killing productivity

With a long, four-day Fourth of July weekend looming in less than a month, you’ve probably already felt the heat of employees clamoring to schedule vacation time. Use these tips to manage vacation schedules and maintain productivity:

Reality check: Are your employees ‘quiet vacationing’?

Summer vacation season has arrived, and some employees plan to leave their desks behind for travel or a staycation. Others may not be submitting a leave request, instead taking time away from the office without officially requesting PTO. This is the latest workplace trend, dubbed “quiet vacationing.”

The vital importance of diligent documentation

One critical area that HR professionals must always remind managers about is the importance of diligently documenting employee performance issues. Taking the time and care to document thoroughly can save you and your company major headaches later.

How to manage a culturally diverse team

It is important for managers to foster an inclusive environment where every team member feels valued, respected and empowered to contribute their unique talents.

Ease workplace conflict with 3 simple steps

In every person, the natural reaction to conflict is based on biology: When confronted with danger, our innate biological response is to either attack or run away—the famous “fight or flight” syndrome. In the workplace, neither fight nor flight behaviors are likely to result in solving the problem. Instead, use these three strategies to help you move from conflict to resolution.

Poll: 70% don’t want to work remotely full-time

40% of workers surveyed said they want to work fully in-person, while 32% said they prefer hybrid work.

Bill introduced to make 32-hour workweek the norm

The Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to cut the standard workweek from 40 hours per week to 32.

March Madness could cost employers almost $10 billion in lost productivity

A 2019 survey by OfficeTeam found workers spend 25.5 minutes per workday on March Madness-related activities during the tournament. If that holds true this year, across the 16 workdays between selection Sunday on March 17 and the championship game on Monday, April 8, workers will have spent 408 minutes, or 6.8 hours, on March Madness-related activities at work. That would mean the tournament could cost employers conservatively $9,607,085,968.

Control March Madness by setting policy on workplace gambling

In many companies, bracket-pool betting on the tournament is a time-honored tradition. Should you worry?

Celebrate spring by sparking staff creativity

Worried that staff is on autopilot, just doing the same things the same way, day in and day out? Did the last productive meeting happen six months ago? Has initiative curled up under a comfortable blanket of conformity? Help your organization’s managers and supervisors banish winter’s stale doldrums and welcome the fresh air of springtime with these three suggestions for sparking creative thinking.